Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rep. Joe Courtney Contacts HHS Secretary Burwell on Observation Stays Issue

Dana Halvorson

Last week, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) sent the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Honorable Sylvia Burwell, a letter on the observation stays issue and two-midnight rule. Rep. Courtney has been in touch in the past with HHS on the observation stays matter. In this particular letter, the Congressman specifically requested support of his bipartisan legislation, Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (S. 843/H.R. 1571), that would count a patient’s time in observation toward the three-day hospital inpatient stay requirement.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is part of the Observation Stays Coalition consisting of several national provider and patient advocacy organizations who advocate on the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. To learn more about this issue and the Coalition, please visit the Observation Stays page on the AHCA/NCAL website.

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